Sleep in Bangkok:
Aloft Sukhumvit 11

Overview

The Aloft brand, part of the Starwood group, is a worldwide hotel chain that’s branded as “a vision of W Hotels” where its design styles continue to reflect W’s definition of stylish and modern outlook, but at a lower cost.

The hotel is conveniently located about 5 minutes walk away from Nana BTS. During the day, the street seems pretty average with small shops, street carts, and whatnot. When night falls, Aloft Hotel is lighted up (with the signature W/Aloft purple hue). The hotel itself also hosts a seemingly popular nightclub right within the premise, so the entrance is often filled with party goers. Also, within the hotel’s proximity are several other bars and popular hotspots, making the area a rather lively nightlife scene. Although, a majority of the crowd seem to be expats rather than locals.

Upon entering the through to the hotel lobby, you’ll notice the hip and stylish interior decor. There’s a pretty obvious relation between the Aloft and W brand with their blue/purplish hues all over. I really like this lighting, so no complaints!

The Chic Room

We stayed at the Chic Room and opted for two double beds, which was a great deal since we were three people. Despite the two double beds, the room is still quite spacious since there was additional space for a bedside table, a sofa, a long table that served as a TV table as well a study desk, all while having a bathroom space that’s completely unhindered by the bedroom itself.

While the windows are not floor-to-ceiling, they do fill up half the height of the wall, filling the room with a lot of light during the day.

It’s also an interesting fusion of western interior design and Thai-style decor on the headboards. Not too sure if I liked the infusion but I guess that gives a bit of a local flavor.

Amenities & Room Features

There’s (of course!) free wi-fi throughout the hotel. The kind where you just have to turn on your wi-fi signal and you’ll find an open connection. I really don’t enjoy hotels providing wi-fi where you can only connect up to one device or need a code that only works for 24-hours, that sort of hassle. These little things hinder the whole experience!

For business travelers, there’s a workspace by the windows which features an amazing plug options. Regardless of your devices, you’ll definitely find what you need from that wall of sockets. Sharing the table space is a huge TV in front of the beds – perfect for falling asleep while switching channels on the remote!

The wash area is in an open zone. Next to it is a sliding door (which encompasses a full-length mirror!) l besides, leading to the showers/toilet area.

Thanks to the strategic spatial planning of the room, even though the toilet and showers are not something I’d consider big, it is big enough to have a rather comfortable experience.

Amenities (I love awesome hotel amenities!) are provided by Bliss Spa, so say hello to good “hair spa” days and awesome shower times throughout your stay here.

 

Hotel Facilities

Aloft Sukhumvit has a pretty nice pool and chill-out area. However, in all honesty, the concrete building-scape in Bangkok can look pretty lame with its general dullness and clutteredness. Therefore, it’s a lot nicer to hang around the pool when night falls – it’s breezier (Bangkok can get really, really hot especially during the day) and the city lights up more beautifully. Unless, of course, you are hoping to get a tan.

The gym is rather small but still manage to pack a variety of equipment to cater to the gym bugs.

 

Vibe

The hotel is located in an area where nightlife is lively, but mostly to an expat crowd. Therefore, it’s probably not the most “local” area to stay in. Then again, the hotel is an American hotel chain, so I guess it goes without saying with the kind of crowd it mostly attracts.

Still, we had an excellent stay at Aloft. One thing to note is that you might want to appear more dressy at this hotel.

With the nightclub’s entrance being right in front of the hotel’s entrance, it can be a bit awkward to return after a long day of shopping (and perspiring) in comfort clothing and flip-flops and be greeted with long lines of people dressed in nice suits and little black dresses, waiting to party their night away.

The area turns into a stylish hotspot by night but is totally unforeseeable and pretty quiet during the day, so make sure you’re ready for this when planning your stay at aloft!